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Fieldwork Prep
October 7, 2012 2:17 PM by Jennifer Preston
Starting tomorrow I am taking over the full case load for fieldwork. I am more excited than nervous. I’ve been seeing these kids for 6 weeks now and I am very comfortable working with them. I’m excited to be on my own and implement some of my own ideas Read More...
Feeling Like a Therapist!
September 28, 2012 10:31 AM by Jennifer Preston
This week I finally started feeling like a therapist. I have been taking the lead in most of the sessions and have even been left alone to run a few sessions on my own. I have come up with the majority of the interventions and am currently writing all Read More...
Using Past Experience
September 9, 2012 9:21 PM by Jennifer Preston
It is amazing to me how much of my experience teaching preschool is helping me with my pediatric placement. Not only has it helped me in relating to the children, but it’s helping me come up with activities as well. This weekend I decided to take it upon Read More...
August 27, 2012 7:52 PM by Courtney Crone
Tomorrow I start my 3rd transition in this fieldwork as the school year starts. The first part of this fieldwork was summer school and for the past two weeks I have been working on the residential units, as you may remember I am working at a private school Read More...
Time is flying by
June 24, 2012 7:07 PM by Courtney Crone
As I write this post I realize I never posted last week with the craziness that is my life it doesn't seem like a week has already gone by. I finished my first level two fieldwork and have two more weeks off before my second (and final) level two. I am Read More...
Researching Carpal Tunnel
May 21, 2012 8:44 PM by Courtney Crone
As I prepare my presentation for fieldwork I am finding some surprising results. I have never read the research on Carpal Tunnel I always assumed the OTR who was supervising me had read the research. As I go through it all the main conclusion I have is, Read More...
Our OTA Open House
May 18, 2012 2:03 PM by Jennifer Preston
Life is busy this spring and since it was, our class was alittle behind when it came to OT month, but better late than never. This past week, my classmates and I hosted an OTA open house. We did are best to represent as many aspects of OT as possible. Read More...
May 1, 2012 10:00 PM by Courtney Crone
As graduation approaches this weekend I have become nostalgic looking back at the time I spent in school. While this ceremony is somewhat arbitrary because I still have 6 weeks in this clinical and a second 12 week clinical to complete before I am officially Read More...
April 28, 2012 10:46 AM by Jennifer Preston
How many of you OTRs and COTAs have pursued specialty certifications after you graduated? Do you feel those extra certifications have helped you in your careers? In my Specialties class we have had several guest speakers come to talk to us about a wide Read More...
Do you know your role?
April 19, 2012 12:24 PM by Jennifer Preston
This past Friday, my cohort joined 6 other colleges for the annual OT/OTA Role Delineation Conference. We represented 1 of 3 OTA programs and were joined by 4 OT programs. The conference started with a presentation and lecture about OT/OTA roles as stated Read More...
Halfway There
March 16, 2012 2:37 PM by Jennifer Preston
I am officially half way done with the academic portion of my program! It was such a relief to have this term over. This was a rough one. I felt overwhelmed from day one. This was our mental health term and I loved the material that we covered. I have Read More...
A study of business
February 6, 2012 12:09 PM by Courtney Crone
This week we met on campus for our case study class and I found the case to be fairly easy. Our case involved us setting up an imaginary business, we could focus on any clientele we wanted in any location and in our case we became independently weathly Read More...
OT Glasses
January 18, 2012 3:44 PM by Jennifer Preston
One of my instructors has been telling us for months to put on our “OT glasses” and look at the world. Most recently, we were told this when a student expressed concern that many of our level 1 fieldwork placements are not in facilities that offer occupational Read More...
November 14, 2011 5:49 PM by Courtney Crone
As the time gets closer that I will be finished with my academic work I am getting more and more nervous about fieldwork. Even though I have been working as a COTA for almost 8 years I wonder if I will make a good OTR. I wonder if I have learned enough Read More...
Crafts in OT
October 12, 2011 3:29 PM by Jennifer Preston
Today in my Therapeutic Media class we assembled and painted bird houses. This was an interesting and frustrating and fun activity. I can see from first hand knowledge and from my readings how they could be utilized for a wide range of patients with different Read More...


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